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September 30, 2014

Tens of thousands of people denounced his comments on social media

A minor character in the Brazilian presidential race overshadowed a nationally televised debate on Sunday night after saying gay people needed psychological care far away from the general population.

Levy Fidelix drew no reaction from the other candidates but tens of thousands of people took to social media to denounce his comments as homophobic and hateful.

The Brazilian Labor Renewal Party founder said, 'Those people who have those problems should receive psychological help. And very far away from us, because here it is not acceptable.'

September 29, 2014

We travel through time and the United States in honor of LGBT History Month, looking at where gay rights history was made

During October, we celebrate LGBT History Month in the US.

While the first celebration of LGBT History Month took place in 1994, the struggle for social, political and economic equality had been brewing for decades before.

Well into a new century, we look at the huge wins and massive losses we’ve seen in the legal and social battles to achieve true equality for LGBTI individuals not just in the US, but the world over.

We’ve been inspired by rebellious drag queens to stand up and speak out.

September 28, 2014

Australian singer Rob Mills posted an image of two toys engaged in a sex act to depict a losing football team

An Australian singer is under fire for posting a tasteless image of gay sex on Instagram in order to poke fun at a losing football team.

Rob Mills from Victoria, Australia is famous for appearing on Australian Idol and being a musical theatre star currently starring in a production of Grease.

Last night (27 September), Mills was watching a football match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Sydney Swans of the Australian Football League (AFL) final.

September 25, 2014

A bill to recognize the hundreds of Australian gay couples who wed abroad was introduced in March

The Australian Senate has recommended parliament does not pass a bill to recognize gay couples who married in places where same-sex unions are legal.

The Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee released a report on the bill today.

Some submitters expressed concern that the bill was 'a surreptitious attempt to introduce marriage equality.'

The Law Council of Australia was concerned that the bill would create a discriminatory situation where only couples with the financial resources to travel overseas would have access to gay marriage.

September 25, 2014

A 16-year-old from South Dakota says he was so terrified of being fired for being gay he would do anything to keep his job

A gay teenage fast food worker has claimed he was forced ‘Gaytard’ on his nametag.

Tyler Brandt, 16, from Yankton, South Dakota, was working in a Taco John’s restaurant earlier this year and said he had a very difficult relationship with his manager.

‘I’ve been very vulnerable and I’ve been allowing him to say things to me that shouldn’t be said, and after a while I was jut worried about being terminated from my position at Taco John’s,’ the teen said.

September 23, 2014

If found guilty he will be the first person convicted of the crime in the country

A Vietnamese man was arrested last week in Karuzi in northern Burundi for gay sex.

If found guilty he will be the first person convicted of the crime in the African country.

Burundi adopted a new penal code in 2009 that punishes 'sexual relations with a person of the same sex' with three months to two years in jail and a fine of 50,000 ($32) to 100,000 Burundian francs ($65).

September 22, 2014

Their transgender classmate was fined for breaking the school's dress code

A group of boys at São Cristóvão do Colégio Pedro II high school in Rio de Janeiro wore skirts to class after a transgender student was fined for breaking the school's dress code.

Seventeen-year-old Maria Munez, born Mario Munez, recently came out as transgender by wearing a skirt to school but was fined for not wearing trousers.

School authorities said their code of ethics did not allow 'male' students to wear female uniforms.

She complied but her classmates did not.

September 22, 2014

From the first gay gathering in a beer tent, to modern-day oompah covers of Britney Spears songs, why we love Oktoberfest and the rest of Bavaria Germany

September has arrived, and that can only mean one thing on the global LGBT calendar - Oktoberfest - when thousands of gay men don leather lederhosen, gingham shirts, and head to Munich for the biggest drinking, singing and sausage-quaffing-fest of the year.

But hold on a minute. If it’s called Oktoberfest, then why isn’t the event held in October?

That is certainly a question I asked myself, especially considering that this is an event held in Germany, a country well known for its pragmatic, well-organized approach to life.

September 18, 2014

Show's former runner-up handles New York auditions as Urban is with wife Nicole Kidman after death of her father

Adam Lambert is back on American Idol - this time as a judge.

The show suddenly found itself one judge short during its New York auditions when Keith Urban left to be with wife Nicole Kidman in Australia after her father's sudden death over the weekend.

Lambert, the season 8 runner-up and one of the most successful stars to ever emerge from the show, agreed to join Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. at the judge's table temporarily.

September 18, 2014

'I wasn't a crying mess ... but they're important words that need to be heard by the person that you're speaking them to'

Neil Patrick Harris didn't think he was the kind of guy who would get emotional saying his wedding vows.

So the Tony and Emmy winning star says he was surprised when it happened to him during his recent wedding to David Burtka in Italy.

'It was so crazy,' he told Rosie O'Donnell and Whoopi Goldberg during an interview this week on The View.

'When you watch other people say their vows and they get all choked up you think, "Come on, pull it together." Then when you're standing there and it's you, you can't help but get super duper choked up.'

September 17, 2014

Legislation in the self-governing Australian territory of Norfolk Island has been put forward to allow same-sex couples to marry and the bill has been crafted with a view to surviving any constitutional challenge

At 10.30 today, Sydney time, a bill to create legal same-sex marriages was tabled in the parliamentary Assembly of the autonomous Australian territory of Norfolk Island – putting it on a course to become the first part of Australia where same-sex couples will be able to legally marry.

The bill was put forward by Norfolk Island Assembly member Hayden Evans and aims to allow Australian same-sex couples to marry on their home soil rather than having to travel overseas.

September 17, 2014

Newlyweds are adorable in promo for NPH's upcoming autobiography

Neil Patrick Harris' heady 2014 To Do list continues unabated.

Wrap up 10 year run on TV's How I Met Your Mother.

Check.

Win Tony Award for performance in Broadway's Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

Check.

Get married to longtime love David Burtka in Italy.

Check.

Now the multi-talented performer is turning his attention to the promotion of his upcoming book Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography to be released next month.

September 16, 2014

Are you Team Daley or Team Cumming in the debate over Scotland becoming its own independent country?

The battlelines are drawn, and it's time to decide on Scottish independence. And the question is, are you on Team Daley or Team Cumming?

Gay Olympic diver Tom Daley, from Plymouth, England, has revealed he wants the UK to stay as it is, believing the country is 'better together' as a whole.

But gay actor Alan Cumming, from Alberfeldy, Scotland says otherwise, describing it a chance for the country to have their destiny in their own hands.

September 16, 2014

A third of gay HIV diagnoses are among young people but 85% of gay and bi youths aren’t taught about sex in schools

An alliance of LGBTI organizations, campaigners and media are demanding the UK government make sex and relationship education compulsory for all schools in England.

They also want to ensure it includes quality information for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex children and teens.

Peter Tatchell, Conservative peer Lord Fowler, Dr Christian Jessen, the gay media including Gay Star News, LGBTI sexual health charities and NGOs have all signed an open letter to political leaders.

September 15, 2014

More than 100,000 people have signed a petition calling for the agency to denounce 'gay cures'

A Chinese man suing a 'gay cure' clinic has secured a meeting with the World Health Organization (WHO) after more than 100,000 people signed a petition calling for WHO Director-General Margaret Chan to denounce 'gay cures.'

The WHO agreed to meet 30-year-old Xiao Zhen, a pseudonym, in China.

At the time of writing more than 108,000 members of LGBTI rights group All Out had signed the petition.

September 15, 2014

A lesbian couple in Dane County have been granted permission to adopt each other’s children – while a final decision is still pending from the US Supreme Court on same-sex marriage in the state

Although same-sex marriage in Wisconsin remains barred for the time being, two judges in the state have granted adoptions that recognize the marriage of same-sex couples. Adoptions by same-sex couples have previously been illegal in the State.

A ban on same-sex marriage in Wisconsin was overruled in June when federal Judge Barbara Crabb said that the ban was unconstitutional. Over 500 same-sex couples rushed to take advantage of their legal ability to marry.

September 14, 2014

Hundreds of gay rights activists marched through central Belgrade for the first time since 2010 in protest of the latest attack on Saturday

A German gay rights activist has been hospitalized with 'life-threatening' injuries after he was attacked by several assailants in downtown Belgrade early on Saturday morning, according to Deutsche Welle quoting AP and AFP.

The man is being hospitalized 'with severe head injuries and bleeding, so he has had surgery and been put in intensive care,' Dusan Jovanovic, of Belgrade's Emergency centre, was quoted by AFP as saying.

September 13, 2014

The viral video ‘How not to react when your child tells you that he’s gay’ has reached six million views on YouTube, and a group of LGBT YouTubers have filmed their reactions to the infamously horrific video

No doubt you would have watched, or at least heard about, the video which has gotten all of the LGBT community talking.

Late last month, a video posted on YouTube entitled ‘How not to react when your son tells you that he’s gay’ went viral on the internet after being posted by Daniel Ashley-Pierce, from Kennesaw, Georgia.

September 12, 2014

The outspoken reverend and politician, who led a campaign to Save Ulster From Sodomy, has died aged 88

Ian Paisley, one of the most controversial figures in Northern Irish politics, has died at the age of 88.

Paisley’s political career lasted over 40 years. He led the Democratic Unionist Party for 37 of those years. He was known for his outspoken views on Northern Ireland politics, religion and morality.

September 12, 2014

Local dance teacher, Ekaterina Khomenko, was found dead in her car - prompting a murder investigation and homophobic comments online

Many in the St Petersburg LGBTI community have been left shocked by the apparent murder of a local lesbian woman.

Ekaterina Khomenko, 29, was found dead in her car by a passing street cleaner early in the morning of 7 September.

Her body was discovered with a 9cm incision to the throat. The car's headlights were on and the engine was still running.

Police initially quizzed family members as to whether Khomenko had displayed any suicidal tendencies. However, the case is now being treated as murder.

September 12, 2014

Neil Peng has repeatedly accused the president of having a gay relationship with his closest aide

Taipei mayoral candidate Neil Peng again called on President Ma Ying-jeou to come out in an online Q&A session despite a pending libel suit against him.

The author and politician said the age of gay stigmatization was over and gay people were just like any other minority such as left-handed people.

He said, 'Today would we discriminate against left-handed people? We not only don't discriminate, we think of them as very valuable, for example [baseball player] Wei-Yin Chen.'

September 11, 2014

Police are investigating whether the 18-year-old’s death was a homophobic hate crime

An 18-year-old, openly gay man has been found murdered in Brazil after what is believed to be a homophobic attack.

It’s been reported the body of João Antônio Donati was discovered yesterday (10 September) in a vacant lot in the Brazilian city of Inhumas, in the state of Goiás. His neck had been broken and his mouth stuffed with paper.

Eighteen-year-old João Antônio Donati was gay and working at a local bar. Police are investigating the possibility that he was murdered in a homophobic hate crime.

September 10, 2014

A Californian vlogger welled up after reading messages that had been sent to him from LGBTI people when he asked if being gay was a choice

Like so many others, Chris Thompson of California was deeply affected and moved when Georgian teen Daniel Pierce posted a video on YouTube of his parents reacting with fury and denial when he revealed to them that he was gay.

September 8, 2014

S. Truett Cathy, the religiously conservative founder of the restaurant chain that took a public stance against same-sex marriage, has died at the age of 93

It’s been announced that the founder of the Chick-fil-A chain of restaurants, S. Truett Cathy, has died at the age of 93. The company prompted controversy in recent years by taking a very public stance against same-sex marriage.

Cathy was born in Eatonton, Georgia in 1929. He opened his first restaurant in Atlanta in 1946, and then launched the Chick-fil-A chain in 1967. It now has over 1,800 outlets in 40 states across the US, and reported an annual turnover of $5billion in 2013.